So we’ve reached ABON 0015 and nothing yet from the ’60′s. How’s that happened?
Think ’60′s and you think Flower Power, Summer of Love, Spector Wall of Sound, Beatles, Stones, Surf Bands, Soul and Funk and England having a World Class National Football Team. True but that only captures a fraction of the debris from the musical Big Bang that went off sometime in the early ’60′s.
Meet the American Garage Band of the mid ’60′s.
By 1966 America had been subjected to the British explosion of rock bands lead by The Beatles, The Stones,The Yardbirds, The Who, The Kinks et al for a couple of years. One of the consequences had been – for a significant proportion of American youth – an almost compulsive urge to be in a BAND. Any BAND.
The other had been a re-examination by these same proto-bandsters of the American Blues and Rock’n'Roll heritage that the Brits had plundered (and largely watered down) over the previous few years and the American mainstream had forgotten about.
The result was an explosion of Garage Bands. Bands who just seemed to come out of the woodwork, with an obsession for electric guitars and distortion, a knack of creating very modern but often fairly primitive takes on Rock’n'Roll or Blues and usually just one or sometimes two good ideas that turned into singles.